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The Easiest Treat to Bring to the Office Holiday Potluck or Cookie Swap

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‘Tis the season… for office holiday parties!

For those of you who may be dreading cooking for the company holiday potluck or cookie swap, fear no more. I recently had a Thanksgiving potluck lunch with my team at work and was at a complete loss when I saw the sign-up sheet for who was cooking what. I’m no Top Chef, and I did not want to embarrass myself by testing out my less-than-stellar cooking skills on my fellow colleagues. Plus, I’m the new girl–I needed to make a good impression! Fortunately, I found a simple solution that actually made my potluck contribution the talk of the office: the adorable and crafty–yet beyond easy–Rudolph cookies pictured above.

Inspired by this recipe from Bakergirl, these reindeer cookies were potluck showstoppers. Here is my girl-on-the-go, not-so-Top-Chef version of Bakergirl’s recipe.

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Think of your contribution as crafting, not cooking. All you need is some pre-made cookie dough, pre-dipped chocolate-covered pretzels, and M&M’s. You can find these items in any grocery store, so it’s a simple trip and doesn’t break the bank.

A roll of pre-made peanut butter cookie dough
Mini chocolate covered pretzels
Mini M&M’s (heavy up on brown!)
Regular sized M&M’s (heavy up on red!)


1. Make one-inch balls of cookie dough, pinching the bottom of the ball to form a point, and then flatten with your hand (remember to grease the cookie sheet and space cookies apart–no one wants Siamese reindeer).

2. Cook in a 375° F oven until cookies begin to brown. Eight minutes is a good rule of thumb.

3. As soon as you take the cookies out of the oven, gently press the mini chocolate-covered pretzels into the top of the cookies for the antlers, the mini brown M&M’s for the eyes, and the regular-sized red M&M’s for the nose.

4. After cooling, package the cookies in Tupperware to keep them fresh, and be prepared for the entire office to compliment your Rudolphs!

Don’t have an office potluck coming up? Be proactive and delve out these treats to your boss and coworkers. I’m sure they’ve helped you learn a lot this past year and you’ll leave a lasting impression to start off the New Year in a great way.

Here’s to a holiday season full of cheers, not kitchen tears!

What are you bringing to your office holiday potluck this year? Tell us in the comments!

Photo: Courtesy of Bakergirl


#Holidays #Cooking #Food Lifestyle Office Holiday Party
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Carly Heitlinger
Carly Heitlinger

Oh! These are adorable– thanks for adapting the recipe for the culinary challenged!!

Martha Morris
Martha Morris

Thank you so much! Signed up for desserts and thought they may just be getting dough...

How festive - I can't wait to share these goodies!!

Thanks for posting, this article provided me with inspiration & my cookies were a hit!!

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